Sunday, February 18, 2018

YOP Week #34

As Opera Jo would say in her Stitching the High Notes podcast...."Hello dear Makers"!  In fact, taking a cue from the pod casts........I am going to organize this post in much the same way.

FO's (Finished Objects) - Sorry, none to speak of but soon I hope!
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WIP's (Works in Progress) - There are lots but I will only talk about the ones I am actually working on..........
#1 - Cozy Memories Blanket - My goal is 4 squares a week and I almost have  4 for this week and will finish the 4th tonight.........you can see them at the top.
 #2 - Tree Topper Star Ornament -   They look more like little fish but they are the points of the star.  I have the 5 beaded ones done on the top row and 1 1/2 done of the 5 non-beaded ones for the back of the star. 
#3 - Tweed Cardigan - not touched at all this week....so sad
So....my goals for next week are 4 more CMB squares, finish the star ornament and finish the first sleeve on the sweater.  I want to make 12 ornaments and 12 pairs of socks so I had better get a move on!  I need to order some sock yarn and finish the Christmas Eve cast on socks plus yarn for another pair.  I have some ornament kits so I need to prep for the next one.  There's so much more but one project or 3 at a time.
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Acquisitions:  Yes!  I have some and they are really cool!!!  My very first purchased project bag.....from Little Skein in the Big Wool...........oooooh....aaaaaah...I'm in love with that fabric!

It is made very well and has a flat bottom so it stands up even with nothing in it!  It has a drawstring close and a ring for progress keepers...impeccably made!  It's my Christmas/Winter bag and today I ordered a Valentine's Day bag....woo hoo!  These are my Christmas, Birthday and Holiday gifts to MOI!
I also got a couple of cute progress keepers..........
and some material to make my own project bags?
Anne of Green Gables.............
and Little House on the Prairie..........
all from Little Skein in the Big Wool.........she's awesome!  She and Mustash Yarns have a podcast together called Little Skein and the Big Stash.......very good!
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What's in the Queue -
#1 - Land of Sweets Cowl
I have to get enough mini-skeins to do the different colors
#2 - Some Valentine's Day socks.....I know I'm late
#3 - Something for St. Patrick's Day...socks or cowl?  Any cute Irish projects?
#4 - My daughter and I are swapping for an Advent Calendar next Christmas so I am already starting on that and some items will be bought but some will be made.....any "tiny" ideas are appreciated.  So far I have 2 of the 24.
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What I'm "wishing upon a star" for -
#1 - I already succumbed to the bi-monthly subscription mini-box from Little Skein in the Big Wool.....
#2 - Susan B. Anderson has her 2 kits back in stock..........The Loopy Sheep
and her Spring Chicken kits  just in time for Spring but where do I get the dough for all these great items?
#3 - my new over the top obsession I discovered from Little Bobbin's mother who does the most beautiful stitchery from Jesse Chorley
I'd like to do her Friendship Quilt  if I live long enough! LOL!  I may try just a little sampler on my own but check out her website for lots of other wonderful and unique items and projects.  Little Bobbin's mother has made so  many beautiful things from Jesse and her kits and workshops.
I think maybe that's it for this week....a few updates...my pancreas has settled down but now Grace has stopped eating again! I gave her an appetite enhancement pill this morning and a syringe full of Urgent Care which she didn't like but swallowed both.  She's so gentle...she never bites or scratches me and she could!  I hope you are having a great weekend!  I'm off to iron some fabric and see if I can make a little hand embroidered something for that Advent Calendar.
Happy Trails!!!
P.S.  Please go and check out these other fabulous makers 
from Year of Projects.

 "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Feeling better, treasures and a cozy Hygge day!

  "I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious." - Albert Einstein
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 Remember this soup I made the other day but hadn't eaten yet?  Well, it was delicious and so good for you!  Here's the link
 It's from Skinny Ms and I may be trying more of her recipes!  There are instructions for stovetop and slow cooker.
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I sent away for  a bag of fabric scraps from Little Skein in the Big Wool.  I have always wanted to try those scrap bags you see out there but I was leery.  But I love everything she sells so I decided to take a chance and boy am I glad I did!  I got the most beautiful fabrics and she delivered way more than she promised for sure!  There are fat quarters but there are also yardages!  All for $10.00...I kid you not!  I am so thrilled!  Her fabrics are specially commissioned for her kits and book related projects.  Take a look....
 Isn't that amazing?  I am going to subscribe to her subscription box come March...it is $35 but only every other month for the mini box.  I'm going to give it a try as I love all her projects and products.  Take a look at her other offerings here
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 I had a wonderful day today.........I slept great last night, no pain today and I got lots of chores done.  Looking forward to cuddling up in my bed with my knitting and some t.v. and maybe some sewing tomorrow!?!  We shall see.  Thank you for all your prayers, blessings, good wishes and tips!  I know it really helped!
Happy Trails!!!!







 





Thursday, February 15, 2018

Staying calm and carrying on!

What a busy week so far!  Yesterday the "roof boys" wanted to come over and work on the roof but I said we were done....I paid them their final bill for what I don't know.....it still leaks worse than ever  and I told them to take their trash that they left also.  They asked for a trash bag....my 13 gallon weren't big enough evidently so they said they'd be back.  They loaded up the trash and then later I looked out and they left it out by the street for my garbage pickup which had just happened so it will sit out there for a week before it gets picked up. 
I also got my Walmart grocery order which is so heavy with cat litter and cans of dog food that I have to unload it where ever they leave it.  They use so much paper I think it took a whole tree plus 4 boxes.  On top of that I never know when it's going to arrive so when it does I have to stop what I'm doing and unload it.  I'm lucky it wasn't raining.  It's been great with free shipping and not having to expose myself to the flu which is rampant down here.  Plus, there's no "impulse" buying at all.  But in the long run it wastes lots of paper and is actually inconvenient.  When I grocery shop, I plan my list and the day and allocate that time for it but this is one big interruption and it doesn't all come on the same day.   They really need to train their people on how to pack more efficiently but their boxes are made so cheaply that they can't put too much in them or they fall apart...ask me how I know.  So, we shall see but for now I think I will be going back to the hands on grocery shopping.
I've also been trying to find a doctor but can't get in until May to a gastroenterologist.  If it is pancreatic cancer I'm done for! LOL!  It still bothers me but it is not excruciating.  I have called my other doctors but they're not getting back to me either.  Maybe it's just as well as I really don't want to sit in a flu-infested environment like a doctor's waiting room! 
On the bright side, Grace has recovered!  Even her gums are getting pink again instead of yellow.  She's eating well and all seems good again. 
I have cleaned out my dresser #1 drawers and have 2 more boxes in the back of my car to take to the Thrift Store.  I only have one more corner to go and then it is either on to the bathroom or the closet for 'deep' cleaning.
Still working on my star tree topper ornament and the Cozy Memory Blanket which  will take years probably! LOL!  But I did place an order for some "special treasures" which I will share when I receive them.  I ordered 3 more books from Thrift Books;  The Handmaid's Tale, #3 book in the Aunt Dimity series and the #2 book in the Outlander series.  I finished Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and it was excellent!
Today I ran uptown and picked up a prescription, some belated Valentine cards and more cat food.  This is really the first day I have felt decent in about a week.  I needed to make a meal so I made this soup which I will share the recipe if it's good.  It has black beans, celery, carrots, onion, sweet potato, diced tomatoes, garlic, vegetable broth, bay leaf, smoky paprika, salt and pepper.  You put it all in the pot and cook  until the veggies are tender and then add fresh spinach just before serving.  You can also use your slow cooker for it. Very healthy and good for you.  It smells wonderful cooking.  I just hope it tastes as good as it smells.  I hope you are all doing well and I will try and get around to everyone to visit soon.
Happy Trails!!!